Our neighbour from across the road moved away to a big city this weekend and the short story is that we've taken in her 2 year old cat, Dottie. Now we're very much within Dottie's known territory and I've kept her in for just over one week so far. She's clearly upset with me and she's desperate to get out. What I'm worried about is how long to shut her in for but also more worrying is her behaviour.
She isn't vicious in the sense that she's snarling, growling etc but she frequently snaps to bite and swipes at my feet/legs and hands. It's completely unprovoked - like sitting on the sofa still and she'll just go to bite my toes. I chalked this down to her being irritated at being shut in and that it’d pass but chatting to a neighbour yesterday she said "Dottie has always been a bit bitey...it's on her terms...have to give her space".
Well that is all well and good but I have two small kids who are ever so excited about her coming to live with us and want to stroke her and play with her but every time they do she bites them (reiterate that it is like the motion of biting more than biting down to cause pain) but it's causing them to develop a wariness which I'm worried will develop into a fear.
Can anyone tell me what I should do?! I'm worried I've made a mistake bringing her into our home and whether when I do let her out she'll not associate us with home as we're struggling to bond when we can’t really get near her.